Friday, September 9th, 2011, SanDiego, California. The Irwin M. Jacobs Theater at Qualcom was brought to life with the San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition (SDUFEX). In its 12th year SDUFEX has become recognized internationally as one of the premier events of its kind. This year there were 52 film entries from five countries, and all but two them were in High Definition. The event runs for two nights and $15.00 tickets for Saturday, September 10th, 2011 go on sale at 6:00 p.m. at the venue. Seating is at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:00 p.m. A portion of the admission fee is being donated to Birch Aquarium and the Chula Vista Nature Center.
The theater was transformed with lighting to create an underwater ambiance adding to the experience and awe as rare encounters with sea creatures and picturesque seascapes were viewed on the big screen by SCUBA Divers and landlubbers of all ages. The following films and videographers were featured on Friday evening.
“Circle of Life” by Simon Spear
”Pacific Drifters” by Nannette Van Antwerp
“Lens on the Maldives” by Mike Boom
“Making It in Komoda” by William Kimlinger
“Prince Albert” by Joe Ruocco
“Philippines” by J.D. Duff
“Who Patrols These Waters” by Barbara Lloyd
“What Are Those Fish Doing?” by Eric Hanauer
“Caribbean Menace” by Tim Blanton
“The Dilemma” by Pete Fowler
“Salish Sea” by Michael Meagher
“Marvelous Mammals” by David Vik
“Batangas” by Randy Bundschuh
“Sardine Raave” by Marissa Floirendo
“Mysteries of the Underworld” by Laurynn Evans
“East Scheldt” by Edward Snijders
“The Wild Blue Yonder” by Tracy Clark
The program for Saturday evening consists of 17 different films, including “100” Miles” by Howard Hall. Howard and Michelle Hall, Hall Productions, are well known for their IMAX films, such as “Under The Sea 3D”.
Videographers were present to introduce their films, and for lively discussion and comments of appreciation during the intermission and after the showing. Laurynn Evans, a diving professional and school teacher from Seattle, Washington, like many other videographers traveled to attend. “This is my first submission,” expressed Laurynn as attendees congratulated her on her filming of water-filled caves called “cenotes” in the Yucatan Penninsula.
Judges for SDUFEX 2011 are award winning videographer and naturalist Anna Deloach, producer, cameraman, editor, and story teller Lance Milbrand, and, with credits featured on all the national television networks, award winning photographer and videographer Al Bruton.
The all volunteer organizing committee consists of Pete Fowler, Ken Given, Bob Gladden, Eric Hanauer, Dave Hinkel, Mick Hutchins, Gene Lafferty, Barbara Lloyd, Chuck Nicklin, Roz Nicklin, Mike Miller, Mary Lynn Price, and Karen Strauss. Karen Strauss and Ken Given were lively and entertaining co-masters of ceremony.
For more information visit: www.sdufex.com
Monthly meetings on underwater videography are held at Ocean Enterprises, 7710 Balboa Avenue, #101, San Diego, California, at 6:45 p.m. the third Thursday of every month.